January 12, 2012
One of my earliest tapes and still a favorite. This is a nice upgrade although at times it has a bit of that echo-y feel you sometimes get with a matrix. I personally prefer these compact rocking shows to the endurance tests they were doing in 73-74. Let It Grow is a highlight, almost fusionish. Every song is solid and the 2nd set just flows so smooth. This show has a nice distinct sound - the toms and cymbals, cowbell way up in the mix, the slightly distorted keyboard, Jerry's hoarse vocals. I love the guitar tones both Jerry and Bob dial in and the way they mesh. Note Bob's guitar is way out of tune when they break into Playin'. It doesn't matter - from that point on this show smokes. Passenger is such an awesome encore, why didn't they do it more?